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Many Facebook users unaware of how to control their newsfeeds, adjust privacy settings

Posted: Sept. 5, 2018 | Tags: social media


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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations on social media platforms on Capitol Hill

in Washington, U.S., Sept. 5, 2018.

Younger Facebook users were more likely than older users to change their privacy settings this past year, despite recent admissions that the media site collected personal data without their knowledge, according to a recent study released by the Pew Research Center.

The study, which surveyed U.S. adults between May 29-June 11, found that 64 percent of younger users ages 18 to 29 reported changing their privacy settings ...

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30,000 across from White House demand 'families belong together'

Posted: July 11, 2018 | Tags: immigration

Romina Martin, 20, was just a child when her mother left Peru for the United States.

She doesn’t remember much about the years her mother was gone, only that Martin lived sometimes with her grandparents and sometimes with other relatives. Martin eventually joined her mother in Maryland in 2006 as the child of a permanent resident.

“A piece of paper does not define your humanity, your worth or your contributions to the growth of this country,” said Martin, who says she has family members who are undocumented and have been separated this summer.

Martin was one of more than ...

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Newspaper circulation plummets — again

Posted: June 15, 2018 | Tags: Newspapers, Pew

Newspaper circulation plummeted again last year, following the trend of decreased distribution since the early 2000s, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Wednesday.

From an analysis of the Alliance for Audited Media data, Pew discovered that print and digital weekly circulation has plunged by 11 percent, and Sunday circulation dropped by 10 percent from 2016 to 2017. 

Michael Barthel, a research associate at Pew Research Center and the author of the study’s fact sheet, said the drop in circulation reflects Americans' changing news habits, as more people get their news online.

“Their circulation declining indicates that ...

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What we're reading: recent investigations from across the country

Posted: June 12, 2018 | Tags: The Washington Post

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Since May, a number of investigations and in-depth stories brought various topics and issues across the country to light. The Washington Post's homicide database maps show unsolved murders in major U.S. cities. At the Center for Investigative Reporting, a collection of stories dive into immigration hardships, particularly since President Trump took office. This month, The Marshall Project and ProPublica published multimedia investigations exploring juvenile detention, a controversial murder trial, trauma after tragedy, corruption in Louisiana politics and psychiatric hospitalizations of children. Scroll below to read these latest stories.


The Washington Post

Murder With Impunity (Interactive Graphic)

The Center ...

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Banks post record profits, but new bill may threaten community lenders

Posted: May 24, 2018 | Tags: BankTracker

The U.S. banking industry reported record profits of $56 billion in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of more than 27 percent over the same time last year, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

This is the largest quarterly profit for banks in history, Julianne F. Breitbeil, a senior media relations specialist with the FDIC, said via email.

In a press statement, FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg attributed the record-breaking profits to “higher net operating revenue and a lower effective tax rate.”

President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last year, reducing the federal ...

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Giving data journalism a second shot

Posted: April 24, 2018 | Tags: data


Photo by Jeff Watts, AU

David Rodriguez, who recently graduated from San Francisco State University, leaves his IRW internship and heads to a public-radio station in Los Angeles.

Flying from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., for an internship was a nerve-racking way to start my year. But that jump for a data journalism internship with The Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University was the best choice I’ve made this year.

My first data internship was at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. I was very new to SQL and had a basic sense of Excel. I tackled ...

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Americans prefer the government protect free speech over censoring 'fake news,' Pew study shows

Posted: April 19, 2018 | Tags: fake news

Despite growing concern about the effects of fake news, most Americans oppose government intervention, according to a new Pew Research Center survey

Pew found that 58 percent of U.S. adults surveyed did not want the government involved in limiting made-up information, while 39 percent favored government action. However, 56 percent supported technology companies taking a role in limiting fake news.

“Most Americans fell on the side of supporting freedom,” said report co-author Elizabeth Grieco, a senior writer and editor with the non-profit research group. “It’s interesting when you juxtapose it to the second question ...

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Defense fails in attempt to free two Reuters journalists in Myanmar

Posted: April 14, 2018 | Tags: journalism

A judge in Myanmar has refused to dismiss a case against two Reuters journalists accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act by reporting on the massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslims.


U Wa Lone and U Kyaw Soe Oo have been jailed since December and could face up to 14 years in prison under the British colonial-era secrets act for reporting on the killings, which occurred in the Rakhine state.


Since their arrest, the reporters have attended hearings that have presented evidence against them. The defense asked that the case be dismissed because of conflicting ...

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Charles Lewis receives I.F. Stone medal

Posted: April 2, 2018 | Tags: journalism



Investigative Reporting Workshop founding executive editor Charles Lewis has been awarded the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence.

The Investigative Reporting Workshop’s own Charles Lewis is receiving a major award for his support of investigative journalism.

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University is honoring Lewis, IRW's founding executive editor, with the 2018 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. The award honors investigative reporter I.F. Stone and goes out annually to a journalist whose work captures the spirit of journalistic independence, integrity and courage that characterized I.F. Stone’s Weekly. 

“For nearly ...

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This month in investigative journalism

Posted: April 2, 2018 | Tags: journalism

The Investigative Reporting Workshop is proud of all the work our fellow nonprofit newsrooms across the country are accomplishing. Here are a few samples of their latest work. 

Texas Tribune

  • A March 26 article from the Texas Tribune tracked suspensions in the state’s school system, some for students as young as 4 years old. The investigation found the suspensions were disproportionately affecting students who are racial minorities.

Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)

  • A March 26 article from the CIR found multiple states  are putting voter information at risk by using an ineffective system to uncover voter fraud.


  • A ...

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Recent Posts

Many Facebook users unaware of how to control their newsfeeds, adjust privacy settings

A new Pew Research Center survey finds younger adults more privacy-conscious, and older ones less aware of the control they have of their newsfeeds on Facebook. Many were aware of the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

30,000 across from White House demand 'families belong together'

The Trump administration missed the first of two deadlines to reunite children separated from their parents. The action came after public backlash mounted, and a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border within 30 days. More than 30,000 people rallied in Washington on June 30 to demand the Trump administration reunite families immediately.

Newspaper circulation plummets — again

Newspaper circulation plummeted again last year, following the trend of decreased distribution since the early 2000s, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Wednesday.

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